The only thing you will have to do is to cut your vegetables. Once that’s done, you just throw everything else into the pot, set your Instant Pot timer, and you are free to sit and watch Netflix until your dinner is ready a short time later.
This recipe is super flavorful and delicious. And since it’s all cooked in one pot, the clean-up is a breeze too! Easy enough for a busy weeknight, yet delicious enough to serve at a dinner party.
If you like the recipe, you really should try this Instant Pot Dirty Rice, which is another delicious one-pot meal.
What Type of Sausage Should I Use?
It is traditional to use andouille sausage in Jambalaya, which is a smoked pork sausage that is a little bit spicy. If you’re looking for a less spicy option, you can use kielbasa or another type of smoked sausage.
Or, if you can’t find andouille but still want some spice, use kielbasa or another mild sausage and add extra cayenne or red pepper flakes for heat.
Can I Use Dried Beans?
No. This recipe calls for canned beans because it only pressure cooks for 7 minutes, so dried beans wouldn’t be fully cooked at that point.
If you have dried beans, I would fully soak them and pre-cook them until they are almost cooked before adding to the pressure cooker to make sure everything is cooked evenly.
Can I make it vegan?
The recipe calls for sausage and beef broth, so taking these ingredients out would harm it’s flavor.
If you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian option, go with the Instant Pot Mexican rice instead.
How Finely Should I Chop the Vegetables?
That’s up to you! I like to do a small dice, so roughly chopping into pieces about ¼ inch, but if you like to do a slightly larger cut that’s fine too!
Just try to stay fairly consistent in the sizes from one vegetable to the next so that they all cook evenly in sauté mode.
Here’s a fun fact for you: this recipe calls for onion, bell pepper, and celery, which is known as the Cajun trinity because it’s commonly used in Cajun cuisine. This usually means green bell pepper, although we didn’t specify in this recipe since it works with any color bell pepper.
What’s in Creole Seasoning?
Creole seasoning is a spice blend typically comprised of some combination of paprika, oregano, basil, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper.
You can buy creole seasoning in many grocery stores in the spice aisle, or you can make your own if you have most of those spices on hand. It doesn’t need to be exact, but those are the general flavors that creole seasoning provides.
Is this Dish Vegetarian?
No, this dish contains sausage and beef broth so it’s not vegetarian. However, you could omit the sausage and use vegetable broth instead of beef broth to make it vegetarian.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian meal option, check out this Instant Pot Biryani.
How Should I Serve it?
This Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe is truly a one-pot meal. It’s a complete meal by itself containing sausage, vegetables, and rice. I like to garnish it with chopped green onions for added color, taste and texture. Yum!
If you still want to add a side dish, I would go with this Instant Pot cornbread.
- 1 lb. smoked sausage chopped
- 1 can red bean
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 stick of celery chopped
- 1/8 cup parsley chopped
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 1/2 cup long grain white rice
- Creole seasoning to taste
- Press "saute", add the sausage and saute for 5 minutes.
- Take out the sausage and place aside.
- Add olive oil, onions, bell pepper, celery, and parsley and saute for a 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (including the sausage) and stir well.
- Close the lid and cook on high pressure for 7 minutes.
- When cooking time ends, do a quick pressure release.
- Open the lid and serve 🙂